I was surprised to see how many dogs sleep IN the bed. Although I have one on the bed I am not keen on it and would not have a moulting dog in the bedroom. Anyway it made me think. The majority of people are clean and tidy. As a nation and even as a species we are quite fastidious in our habits. How did it come about that we allowed dogs in our homes and even in our beds when, with the best will in the world, they smell and shed hair. We have friends who are not in the best of health and have 2 elderly dogs who do not go through the night any more and frankly their house and car are gross. I cant imagine how anyone who does not like dogs can bear to walk through the door because of the smell and as for the coating of dog hair on all the furniture! Just ponderings, but in this day and age where children are not allowed to do anything in case they pick up bugs I do wonder how dogs are such accepted members of the family and how it came about in the first place. I suppose though that cigarettes are another antisocial habit - how did it come about that smoking became accepted. Not so long ago it was an evening habit for men who changed their clothes and did not smoke in front of women.